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Interesting that you can mentally step over the literal industrial scale evil done on people in the name of communism and make an argument for it from an academic standpoint. Does it really matter at what fork in the road led to the atrocities of Mao, Pol Pot, and Stalin if they all came from the same starting point. People deserve to be free to make their own life outside of government interference which may or may not be benevolent, that is the foundation of America and is the system most proven to provide the most benefit to people without discrimination or coercion. Anything else is just going down the same dead end.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/100-years-of-communismand-100-m...




Does every discussion of Christianity have to mention the Spanish inquisition and the Crusades? Does every discussion of Islam have to mention suicide bombers? Does every discussion of America have to mention Guantanamo bay?

You can't reduce broad groupings down to the few evil things people may have done in the groups name.

And then there's "that is the foundation of America and is the system most proven to provide the most benefit to people without discrimination or coercion"

Are you aware of the history of slavery in the US? Of segregation? Or are you "mentally stepping over" that?


Not to mention the mass genocide of indigenous populations across the whole of the Americas. Amazing how many people 'mentally step' over that, too.

In the context of what happened to the millions of people who lived here prior to colonization, documents like the Declaration of Independence read like delusional toxic propaganda.

Keeping people aware of that context is absolutely important.


Please don't take HN threads into generic ideological flamewar. The GP may have been tediously ideological but at least it wasn't generic.

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